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Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Edu. Trinity College, Cambridge. Came up to Trinity in 1573, aged 12.

E.F. Benson (1867-1940) Edu. King's College, Cambridge,

Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) Edu King's College,Cambridge, 2nd year on ground floor of Gibbs' Building, farthest from chapel. Literary History of Cambridge, Graham Chaney. Moved out of College to The Orchard, Grantchester. Won fellowship at King's 1913.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) At Jesus College, Cambridge (1792-4), a brilliant career in classics was diverted by French revolutionary politics, heavy drinking, and an unhappy love-affair, which led Coleridge to enlist in desperation in the 15th Light Dragoons under the name of Comberbache. He was bought out under an 'insanity' clause by his brother, but did not take a degree.

Warwick Deeping (1877-1950) Trinity College, Cambridge where he read science and medicine.

Henty (George Alfred (1832-1902) edu. London, Westminster School, Caius College, Cambridge Uni.

James Hilton (1900-1954) Edu. Christ College, Cambridge. In 1935 went to South California.

Housman (1859-1936), Kennedy prof of Latin at Cambridge,Trinity Coll, 1911. Elected to fellowship at Trinityh and lived in Whewell's Curt, overlooking Sidney Street. Died in Cambridge on 30 April 1936.Memorial in Trinity College.

Christopher Marlowe (1564-93) At 17 he won a scholarship to Cambridge University, Corpus Christi College, where he studied Divinity for six and a half years, finally leaving in 1587 after gaining his MA. In 1953 a portrait was discovered in the Master's Lodge at Corpus Christi of a 'bravely-clad' Elizabethan, aged 21, 1585. Maybe Marlow. It now hangs in the college hall. (Graham Chainey, A literary history of Cambridge). There is a plaque in the Old Court. During his time at Cambridge he was recruited to serve Queen Elizabeth I's government as an intelligence agent. There is a plaque to Marlowe in the courtyard of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Corpus Christi has the original of the only portrait (putative) of Marlowe but it is almost impossible to view it without prior permission from the college.

Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) Went to Magdalen (1650-1654) His diary is kept in Magdalen College, Cambridge.

Anthony Powell (1905-2000)Trinity, 1941 8-week politico-military course.

John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) Educated at Sherborne and Cambridge, Corpus Christi in 1891. His brother, Llewellyn occupied the same rooms twelve years later.

J.B. Priestley (1894-1984) Following his demobilization in 1919, Priestley spent three years at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, English literature, modern history and political science took degree at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, 1922 settled in London

Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967). Clare College, 1905, he studied both Law and History at Cambridge before leaving without taking a degree. Awarded MC during war.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-02) Trinity College, Cambridge. Shared lodgings with his two brothers at 12 Rose Crescent, on the corner of Market Hill, above Pleasance's tobacco shop. Later he moved with Charles to new lodgings at 57 Corpus Buildings, Trumpington Street.(A Literary History of Cambridge, Graham Chainey) Left Cambridge on the death of his father 1831.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) 1787, October, went to St John's College, Cambridge; graduated in January 1791.


Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) Grantchester 1909-12,commemorated on war memorial in Grantchester, statue and plaque to Brooke's memory, bearing the legend To eternal poetry, Rupert Brooke 1887-1915, unveiled in a square on a hillside in Skyros town. There is The Rupert Brooke Walk - Grantchester. Its length is 13.2 miles. For the whole outing, allow at least 12 hours. The Orchard, at Grantchester, is where Brooke stayed whilst at Cambridge. It is open all day, all year. Later moved to The Old Vicarage.

John Clare (1793-1864) b Helpston; edu nr Helpston. works at Woodcroft Castle c 1809, m in Helpston 1820, lives in Borthborough 1832-7, in asylum in High Beech 1837-40, 1841 (July) leaves High Beech and walks 80 miles home to Northborough, surviving by "eating the grass by the roadside". 20 May 1864 died at Northampton; is brought home and buried at Helpston. 1921 Plaque marking Clare's cottage in Peterborough unveiled by Edmund Blunden.Clare's Cottage

Graham Greene (1904-1991) August, 1914, spent summer holiday at Harston House, five miles from Cambridge. The garden provided setting for Under the Garden

George Alfred Henty(1832-1902) b.Trumpington, near Cambridge, (son of a stockbroker)

Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) The familyh had been established in the village of Cottenham, 6 miles north of Cambridge for centuries.

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